Local photographer Jamie Miles captured the energy and crowd synergy during this year's Ramble Jam country music festival in Farmington.

For the ninth year, Miles aimed to capture images of the two-day outdoor concerts to reflect more than a thousand words and speak to the relationship between fans and country music artists.

With thousands of social media followers, Miles has built a solid reputation as a concert photographer who is award-winning and loves to travel to shoot concert venues in Nashville, Tenn.

She said she looks forward to shooting Ramble Jam at Dakota County Fairgrounds each September.

"My favorite is Ramble Jam because it is a close community and everyone is so nice like a little family, and we have worked together for so many years and they trust me to do my thing," Miles said.

 "I like the constant change with the lighting and the action and the music, and I can pair music and photography and I love it," Miles said.

Each year thousands of fans congregate to see up-and-coming country musicians closeup. This year was no different as crowds showed up to relax with friends and enjoy the music on Sept. 13 and 14 at Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington.

The country music festival was founded by Farmington Rotary, a small club that plans, manages and leads the outdoor concert fundraiser that seems to grow in attendance and popularity each year.

The festival comes together after a year of planning and hundreds of volunteers who give time to make sure the festival is a success.

All Ramble Jam proceeds benefit local and international service projects. Local service projects include STRIVE (Students Taking Renewed Interest and Value in Education), youth community education and parks and recreation scholarships, Farmington Food Shelf, Rotary Family Support Fund and many other local projects.

To see more Ramble Jam photos by Jamie Miles, connect on social media or check out www.xpressiveimagesbyjamie.com.

- Kara Hildreth 

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